Newsgroups For Cellphones! Using the BatchDownload feature in Direct
Read News, NewsGuy members can download photos, songs & videos from their
favorite newsgroups to a cellphone or PDA!. Optionally you can compress
your video files to a 3GP format, which greatly reduces the size of your
files, allowing for faster downloads.
How Does It Work?
Select the newsgroup files you'd like to download, and your selections
will be listed within a BatchDownload window. At the bottom of that window
you'll find several options for managing the download of those files. The
window and options will look something like this...
Download Files To My
This option will automatically decode the files that in your BatchDownload
list, and will download them directly to your Cell/PDA. Referencing the
above example, 7 files... video (mpg), photo (jpg), and music (mp3)... will be
transferred to your Cell/PDA as attachments. The individual
attachments cannot be larger than 225 KB, and your carrier's MMS service
will be used to retrieve the files. When the "Download" button is selected
you'll need to provide a Cell/PDA address to complete the download.
When downloading videos, you
can also compress those files to a 3GP format prior to transferring them
to your Cell/PDA. The 3GP format greatly reduces the size of video files
by adapting them to cell phone screens, which allows for much faster
transfers. To take advantage of this feature, simply check the "Convert
Video files to 3GP Format" option before selecting the "Download" button.
Send Downloadable Links To
When this option is selected, BatchDownload converts your file list into text links,
and will send the links to your Cell/PDA as a SMS text message. You can
then use your cellphone's web browser to access the links and retrieve the
newsgroup files. 3GP formatting can also be applied to this download
option. With that arrangement, when you access a video through a text
link, the file will be converted to a 3GP format before it's downloaded.
Which Download Option
Should I Use?
If your Cell/PDA has a Web browser that allows you to save files, the
"Send Downloadable Links" option offers several benefits. For instance,
this option uses SMS text messaging to transfer file links to your
Cell/PDA. SMS is less expensive than using MMS to download file
attachments, and since you're retrieving the newsgroup files through your
Web browser via links... as opposed to downloading the file directly as an
attachment... you do not have to worry about file size limitations.
If your Cell/PDA does not have
Web browser, or if the Web browser does not allow you to save files,
"Download Files To My Cell/PDA" may be the best choice. With this option
files are being downloaded directly to your Cell/PDA as a file attachment,
so you have a one-step process that's very convenient, and you can
retrieve & view the files without a Web browser. Since this option uses
MMS, the size of each file will be limited to 225 KB, but if you use the
3GP compression option to reduce the size of your video files, the limit
may not be a factor.
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questions about this service feature, or suggestions for how we can
improve upon it, please do not hesitate to
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